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Anti-Fracking Constitutional Amendments on Ballot

Environmental activists claim they turned enough signatures late Monday to get a pair of anti-hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, amendments to the Colorado constitution on the ballot during the November elections.

Ballot initiatives 75 and 78, if approved by voters, would add language to Colorado’s state constitution allowing local governments to ban fracking. According to an article published by The Daily Caller:

“Several state and federal courts, including Colorado’s Supreme Court, have concluded that only the state government has the legal authority to regulate fracking, as any ban would be “preempted by state law and therefore, is invalid and unenforceable.” 

Furthermore, environmental groups, including The Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Food and Water Watch, Earthworks and a local group called Coloradans Resisting Extreme Energy Development (CREED) currently support local bans on fracking in the state. Also, due to the ballot initiative, the ability to get natural gas that provides jobs will be harmed should these initiatives pass in November.

Campaign financial reports have revealed that “environmentalists groups have donated time and money supporting these initiatives, including time to collect signatures and advertisements for signature gatherers on behalf of the initiative.”

Liberal environmental groups like The Sierra Club and Greenpeace who engage in this type of grassroots activism are enabled by their corporate partners such as Deutsche BankMacy’sAmerican Express, and Freddie Mac. The Environment scores in 2ndVote’s database show exactly where many of these companies stand on the issue; be sure to check out the list below to see some of the top sponsors of these organizations.

The Sierra Club Sponsors:

Deutsche Bank
Freddie Mac

Greenpeace Sponsors:
American Express
Freddie Mac
J. Jill